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Dinesh Ravi, best known by his stage name Attakathi Dinesh, is an Indian film actor who has acted in leading roles in Tamil cinema. He made his breakthrough playing the lead role in Attakathi (2012), portraying Dinakaran.

Attakathi Dinesh
Dinesh Ravi

(1984-09-27) 27 September 1984 (age 34)
Other namesAttakathi Dinesh
Years active2012 - present



Dinesh completed his high school at the Dhanalakshmi Higher Secondary School in Washermenpet, Chennai. After graduating from college, he tried his luck in acting from 2010. He acted in the Vijay TV "Kadhalika Neramilai" serial after sakthi's death. After playing the son to actress Seetha in the Sun TV series Penn and minor roles in Aadukalam and Mouna Guru, Dinesh made a breakthrough appearing in Attakathi (2012). The film performed well commercially and also won positive reviews, with a critic from noting "he's an actor of great promise". Similarly a critic from noted Dinesh "diverts your attention from the film's little flaws and spellbinds you with an endearing act that is Attakathi’s biggest strength", adding that "Dinesh has come out with easily one of this year's most confident and assured performances."[1]

After cameo appearances in Ethir Neechal and Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, he was seen in a lead role again in Cuckoo produced by Fox Star Studios. His performance as a visually challenged man was praised by critics. Sify wrote "the film belongs to Dinesh, who has come out with a riveting performance" and called it "the best ever blind act since Kamal Haasan's Raja Paarvai. IANS, too, compared Dinesh to actor Kamal Haasan, stating "Dinesh is probably the next Kamal Haasan of the industry".[2] Rediff wrote, "Dinesh has given a performance of the lifetime, his character is such a unique blend of vulnerability and defiance that every scene is worthy of praise" [3] and The Times of India felt that he was "superbly natural as Tamizh".[4] He was next seen in Thirudan Police directed by debutant Caarthick Raju.

His first 2015 release was Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum. Dinesh starred in the movie Visaranai based the novel Lock Up by M. Chadrakumar. The film premiered in the Orrizonti (Horizons) section of the 72nd Venice Film Festival, where it won the Amnesty International Italia Award. At the 63rd National Film Awards, the film won three honours: Best Feature Film in Tamil, Best Supporting Actor for Samuthirakani and Best Editing for Kishore Te. Also it received highly positive reviews from both critics and audience alike. Dinesh played a supporting character in the film Kabali alongside Rajinikanth. His future projects include Vaaraayo Vennilaave, Ulkuthu.[5]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2006 E
2007 Evano Oruvan
2011 Aadukalam Dinesh
2011 Mouna Guru Principal Son
2012 Attakathi Dinakaran (Attakathi) Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Male Debutant
2013 Ethir Neechal Dinakaran Cameo appearance
2014 Pannaiyarum Padminiyum The narrator Cameo appearance
Cuckoo Tamizh Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Actor
Thirudan Police Viswa
2015 Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum Mukil
2016 Visaranai Paandi
Oru Naal Koothu Rajkumar
Kabali Jeeva
2017 Ulkuthu Raja
2018 Merlin Himself Cameo appearance
Annanukku Jai Matta Sekar
Kalavani Mappillai Deva
TBA Pallu Padama Paathuka   Filming
Vaaraayo Vennilaave   Delayed
Irandam Ulaga Porin Kadaisi Gundu   Filming
Naanum Single Thaan   filming


Year Serial Name Role Start Date End Date No. of Episodes Director Channel
2006 Penn Karthik 27-02-2006 24-11-2006 195 C. J. Bhaskar Sun TV
2007 Kadhalikka Neramillai Santhanam 26-11-2007 2008 155+ Ravi Raja STAR Vijay


  1. ^ "Movie Review : Attakathi". Sify. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  2. ^ Pudipeddi, Haricharan (22 March 2014). "'Cuckoo' - Blinded By Love". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Review: Cuckoo is brilliant". rediff movies. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Cuckoo Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "IndiaGlitz - Hifive for Attakathi Dinesh - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2016.

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